We’re on the way to step in to 2017 and leverage all the new opportunities and benefits that it will bring along. Some of you might be busy with reviewing and summarizing the work done in 2016 and the others are already on the lookout of the best tools to take advantage on the web in the coming year. If you’re one of them, you’re in the right place.
Below I’ll share with you a list of 10 highly useful WordPress plugins that will be a great addition to your website in 2017. They come with cutting edge functionality and will equip it with the right set of features to stay on top in the coming year. So, without wasting time, let’s proceed to the list and see which are the best WordPress plugin to use in 2017.
Google Analytics WD
This WordPress Google Analytics plugin is the most advanced, feature-packed yet simple analytics plugin out there. It has a very straightforward interface, which lets you easily access all the statistics related to your website’s audience and performance displayed in comprehensive charts. Apart from that, the plugin allows you to set custom reports on any metric and dimension, track targeted activities and custom dimensions, which will help you to track every single click on your website. Google Analytics WD also provides AdSense, AdWords and Ecommerce sales stats if they’re initially linked to your GA account. You can compare data of different periods with each other, and export the reports to CSV and PDF formats if necessary.
WordPress Google Maps
With the WordPress Google Maps you’ll be able to add unlimited responsive Google maps to your website and suggest locations and directions to your visitors. The maps are fully customizable and allow you to pinpoint locations, add custom markers and layers, draw shapes, use map themes and skins.The plugin features a live preview function, which allows you to create and edit maps in no time and instantly see the changes you apply to them. You can add the maps to any of your posts and pages using shortcodes.
The WordPress form builder enables you to create any kind of form for your website and collect any information from your visitors. The forms are fully customizable in terms of design,and come with 43 editable themes and an open CSS for personalized form styles. With Form Maker you can create simple contact forms, as well as forms for surveys, registration, application, and include multiple choice questions, custom select fields, passwords, etc. The forms are responsive and look good on any device.
Akismet is a powerful spam monitoring tool that you’ll definitely need in 2017. It checks your site’s comment section against spam and blocks out the spammy content and commenters right away. It provides a status history for each comment so that you can see which comments were marked as spam,and the number of the approved comments. It allows you to manually mark/unmark comments as spammy, and easily monitor your comments section via simple admin area.
Google XML Sitemaps
If you want to help search engines to better index your site and ultimately improve your search engine rankings, take a look at Google XML plugin. It generates special XML sitemaps which make it easier for search engines see the structure of your website and retrieve it. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages, and notifies search engines once you add new content to your site.
Clef Two-Factor Authentication
Clef provides highly secure two-factor authentication without passwords and with the use of your smartphone. It requires two login identification factors-your smartphone and a fingerprint or your PIN.You can login securely once and enjoy one-click sign in for all subsequent sites. You can also sign out from all the sites with a single click at any time, or set a timer for the automatic logout. It has a pretty flexible password settings which allow you to disable passwords for specific user roles.
Jetpack is an all-in-one powerful plugin, that comes with tools to increase your traffic, content reach, strengthen your site’s security, optimize your images, speed up your site, etc. It provides analytics on your site visitors,and offers a few more things that users love, such as Custom CSS, notifications, subscriptions, galleries and carousels. It simplifies your website’s management by letting you monitor all the tools from a single WordPress dashboard.
Broken Link Checker
This plugin checks your posts, pages,custom fields, the blogroll and comments section for broken links,missing images and redirects, and lets you know if there are any found. It sends notifications via email or WordPress dashboard, and makes broken links display differently in your posts. It also prevents search engines from following those broken links, and allows you to edit the links directly from the plugin’s page.
All In one SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is a complete tool for search engine optimization, which works out of the box. It helps you to avoid duplicate content on your site, automatically optimizes your titles for Google, and generates META tags. The plugin supports XML sitemap functionality, Google AMP, advanced canonical URLs, and provides optimization even for custom posts.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache will take care of your site’s performance and take it to the whole new level. It’s a website performance optimization tool that improves its loading speed, increases visitor time on page, and helps you sustain high traffic periods.
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